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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000243.txt from 2001/05

From: "Kevin Fay (LCA)" <kevinfay@-----.com>
Subj: RE: [kl] Which clarinet to purchase for schools
Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 17:46:55 -0400

Desiree asked:

<<<I was wondering if there is some other brand of clarinet that would
stand up to typical abuse by beginners as well as respond well to young
players.>>>

I have found the Artley to be the least desirable generally-available
student clarinet -- comparatively stuffy, out of tune and not durable.
The Bundy/Selmer student model, in my opinion, is only marginally
better. While they have a much better tone, some of the models have
very poor intonation (a *very* sharp upper clarion) and the keywork is
badly shaped for the hands of both kids and adults.

The better-performing instruments -- again in my opinion -- are the
Buffet or the Yamaha. Trailing them but still very good are them models
that Leblanc markets under the "Vito" brand. Any of these will do fine,
and be much better than either the Artley or the Bundy/Selmer.

I have always been impressed with the products I've purchased made by
the Yamaha folks, be it clarinets, saxophones, a motorcycle, my stereo
or an outboard motor. That company just seems to have very good quality
control, esp. for the money.

kjf =20

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